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  • Research, says Celeste Winston ’14, is a freeing form of scholarship. “Undergraduate research has given me the ability to explore my interests with the assistance of Dartmouth faculty and with the inspiration of some of my fellow Dartmouth students.”

    In the video below, Winston and Wright talk about undergraduate research in general and Winston’s senior thesis project.


  • Paul Jackson is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography.  He investigates how scientists and experts grapple with the interaction between humans and the urban environment, focusing on those experts who presume that this interaction produces populations that are deficient, disadvantaged, and/or diseased.

    He interrogates these relationships in a variety of time periods: 

    • how cholera and marshland was thought to make cities inherently unhealthy (1870s-1890s);...
  • Geography major Cooper Thomas '14 will spend the 2014–2015 academic year in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, as a Fulbright Fellow. There, he will conduct independent research on post-socialist urbanization and cultural transformation. Inspired by his coursework in urban geography and GIS, as well as a personal interest in Central Asia's social and political history, Cooper will explore the ways in which Bishkek's urban design, land use patterns, architecture, and iconography reflect the reconstitution...

  • On the road with a teenage Syrian refugee, traveling the underground railroad from Sicily to Sweden’s doorstep. Mackenzie's latest article:

    To learn more about Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin '07 you can visit his website at

  • Ben Hughey '12 makes maps. As a kid growing up in Alaska, he used a GPS to hike off-trail. Then, as a college junior, he combined his GPS skills with his mapmaking ability to help three indigenous communities in Ecuador create maps of their lands, which they'll use to defend themselves against future land incursions. Now, at age 25, Ben is using mapmaking to try to get people on board land...

  • If you can’t find the Gambia on a map, you’re in good company. Even Daniel Bornstein ’14, who has spent months doing research in the African country, has trouble locating it.

    “Even if you know where to look, you still almost can’t see it,” he says with a laugh.

    But what Bornstein does see clearly is a tiny country that is a major example of the changing nature of agriculture throughout the world. A geography major, Bornstein is writing a senior thesis on the relationship...

  • When a farmer and a climate scientist talk about the weather, they’re not just passing time—it’s serious business.

    Climate change, including shifts in average temperature and precipitation as well as the probability of extreme events such as drought, floods, and heat waves, are not abstract political questions to the farmer; they are matters of economic life and death.

    This is a reality climate scientist Jonathan Winter knows well. He did his post-doctoral work in...

  • Celeste Winston ’14 has been named one of 20 Beinecke Scholars for 2013.

    While that is high praise, it is no higher than the praise bestowed by her mentor, Richard Wright, the Orvil Dryfoos Professor of Geography and Public Affairs.

    “She’s among the best students I’ve worked with in 28 years of teaching at Dartmouth,” says Wright.

    Winston, a geography major, will receive support from the Beinecke Foundation to pursue a PhD in the subject. The Beinecke Foundation provides...

  • In an opinion piece published by Al Jazeera, Dartmouth’s Sharlene Mollett writes that Venezuelans saw the late President Hugo Chavez as a “living victory for the indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples of Venezuela and the region as a whole.”

    Mollett, an assistant professor of geography, writes that the country needs someone to take Chavez’s place in representing the rights of indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples.

    She continues, “Chavez’s shoes need to be filled soon to keep...

  • With support from a National Science Foundation grant, two Dartmouth researchers are studying the long-term effects of Tropical Storm Irene in Vermont, The Boston Globe reports. They are focusing on stream channel erosion both during the storm and during post-Irene reconstruction efforts.

    Frank Magilligan, a professor in the Department of Geography, and Carl Renshaw, a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences and an adjunct professor at the Thayer School of Engineering, hope the...